Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

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Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid By Jimmy Carter, Simon and Schuster, 2006, 264 pp. List: $27.00; AET: $22.00

Reviewed by Florence Richards

"Utilizing their political and military dominance, they [the Israeli leaders] are imposing a system of partial withdrawal, encapsulation, and apartheid on the Muslim and Christian citizens of the occupied territories."

To label Jimmy Carter's book "controversial" seems inadequate as thousands of Americans stand in line to buy it and his critics use countless methods to discredit the former president. His service in that capacity gave Carter access to individuals and information which has enabled him to play a unique role in an ongoing conflict that resists resolution. Admirers have praised Carter for his analysis and pleas for negotiations in the hope of ending the suffering and killing involved in Israel's illegal occupation.

In the course of many visits to the region as a political leader and as a Christian, Carter noted changing conditions, behavior and attitudes-some changes so gradual that many Israelis probably were unaware of them at the time. As the number of Jewish immigrants grew, decisions were made and conditions modified. Conflicting cultures and competing individuals searching for solutions often were unable to reconcile their differences. Many Israeli solutions were destructive to others in Israel and the illegally occupied territories, neighbors in the region and observers around the world. …

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